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@Videotron and the OSMO Foundation Announce Major Partnership

@Videotron and the OSMO Foundation Announce Major Partnership for
#Notman House Project 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/13 -- Videotron and the
OSMO Foundation today announced that they have formed a major
partnership to support the Notman House project. As founding partner,
Videotron has pledged $2.5 M to back the creation of a hub of
technological innovation and enterprise in Montreal. Helping young
entrepreneurs express their talent is very much in keeping with
Quebecor's traditions. 
"This is a big day for Notman House," said Alan MacIntosh, President
of the OSMO Foundation. "Videotron's significant support will give
entrepreneurship in Montreal a major boost, helping an entire
community achieve its full potential and giving some of its amazingly
talented members a chance to shine."  
"The launch of the Notman House restoration project is the ideal
occasion for us to announce the broad strokes of what promises to be
a temple of enterprise and innovation in Quebec," said John Stokes,
Secretary of the OSMO Foundation. Notman House, a place for young
entrepreneurs and Web developers, as well as students and investors,
will be dedicated to enhancing Montreal's already vibrant high-tech
ecosystem. "We are confident that it will provide a conducive
environment for the emergence of bold creative spirits in Montreal,"
said Mr. Stokes.  
Developing the entrepreneurs of the future  
Quebecor President and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau, who has long been
engaged with the entrepreneurial community, said the agreement will
directly benefit creative young developers: "More than a generation
ago, leaders mobilized and created Quebec Inc. Today, it is our turn
to join forces and support young startups that have the potential to
become the flagships of Quebec Inc. in the future." 
Sharing homegrown expertise  
Robert Depatie, President and CEO of Videotron, promised the
partnership would be an active one: "Our efforts will be focused on
supporting the next generation of developers, fostering the emergence
of new talent outside our walls, and nurturing digital development in
Montreal. Our entirely homegrown expertise will give these young
entrepreneurs access to a unique pool of skills and knowledge. The
fact that we are making an initial 10-year commitment to supporting
Quebec developers shows that we are in this for the long haul."  
Videotron already has plans to support the Notman House community in
a number of ways: serving as a bridge between local developers and
Videotron's major partners, providing special access to practices
developed by its engineering and product development teams,
organizing exchanges with Videotron's Android and Web experts, and
testing the feasibility of some projects. 
The Notman House project will really get off the ground in the summer
of 2013. Until then, people interested in the project may visit the
www.notman.org site or go directly to Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke St.
West, Montreal. 
About the OSMO Foundation  
The OSMO Foundation, a non-profit entity, was established in July
2009 to fund, by way of grants, grassroots initiatives that support
community building and networking. The Foundation was created by
investors, technology and media executives and the community itself
to support the growth and development of Montreal's next generation
of technology entrepreneurs. 
About Videotron  
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor
Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable
television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access,
cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader
in new technologies with its interactive Digital TV service and its
broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access,
analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of
September 30, 2012, Videotron was serving 1,852,900 cable television
customers, including 1,457,800 subscribers to its digital service.
Videotron is also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access,
with 1,369,600 subscribers to its cable service as of September 30,
2012. As of the same date, Videotron had 378,300 subscriber
connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable
telephone service to 1,249,700 Quebec households and organizations.
For the seventh consecutive year, Videotron was named Quebec's most
respected telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based
on a Leger Marketing survey.  
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